China Airlines fly Airbus A350 SYD-TPE from 1DEC2017

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China Airlines will add its latest Airbus A350 to Sydney from December 1 2017 while also going double daily with flights on the Sydney-Taipei route.

Overnight updates to the airline's booking system show both the regular flight CI51/CI52 (which currently runs on an Airbus A330) and the new CI55/CI56 service will both see the advanced Airbus A350, which sports an upmarket business class based on the same design as that of Virgin Australia and Qatar Airways, among others.
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The 32 seats each offer direct aisle access and a side-table for spreading our your inflight stuff...
... and convert into a 78 inch (1.9 metre) fully-flat bed, with an 18 inch video screen to keep you entertained during the flight.
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Behind the business class cabin is the Sky Bistro bar with self-serve drinks and snacks.
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Further back are 31 premium economy seats arranged in rows of 2-3-2...

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All passengers will be able to tap into an inflight satellite Internet service.... which at 20 inches wide and with a 39 inch pitch add two inches in width and seven inches of pitch compared to the A350's 243 standard 3-3-3 economy seats.
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The new China Airlines flight CI56 leaves Sydney at 1.30pm to reach Taipei at 7.50pm; the CI55 return leg is wheels-up from Taipei at 8.10am and arrives into Sydney at 8.25pm.

The SkyTeam member will also increase its Taipei-Brisbane-Auckland flights to a daily service, up from the current four flights a week, from December 1.

Sydney-Auckland flights cancelled

However, there's bad news for travellers who relied on China Airlines for a trans-Tasman hop accross teh pond: Schedule updates indicate that China Airlines is pulling the plug on its Sydney-Auckland flights as of December 1.

These Auckland flights ran an an add-on leg from the Taipei-Sydney service and could be booked on their own as a single leg between Australia and New Zealand.

China Airlines also plans to cancel its similar Sydney–Christchurch flights as of October 29, 2017.

(Source: 12MAY2017)